Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting Guide
To celebrate the 60th birthday of the European Championship, Euro 2020 will not be hosted by just one country – but held in 12 separate cities. The cities that will be hosting this festival of football are London, Munich, Rome, Baku, St Petersburg, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Glasgow and Copenhagen – with the final to be played at Wembley Stadium in London. 55 European nations will take part in the qualifiers from March 2019 before 24 battle it out for the coveted trophy in the final tournament.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Odds
There will be great excitement surrounding the build up to Euro 2020 – and the qualifiers will attract a lot of interest for football and betting fans. With 55 nations taking part in the qualifying stage there will be plenty of Euro betting markets to keep up with. Read on to discover all the latest predictions from out team of experts.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Predictions
Find out all the latest predictions for every single Euro 2020 qualifier – across 10 groups and 55 countries. You can find every game here with an expert’s view on how it will go – and where the smart money is going in the Euro betting. We will have all the latest Euro betting odds to help you make your selections.
The top two in each group will progress to the Euro 2020 finals and in most cases the two seeded nations will be heavily favoured to go through.
In most groups the number one seeded country will be expected to finish first and England, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Poland, France, Belgium and Italy should not have too much trouble in their respective groups but Group C could see a real battle between the Netherlands and Germany for top spot. Switzerland and Denmark may also have to fight it out for supremacy in Group D.
The second seeded sides should also go through as predicted but there are more than enough intriguing battles to look out for.
Bulgaria may well fancy their chances of usurping the Czech Republic in Group A and bookies will fancy the latter even though they have not achieved much of late. Similarly in Group B, Serbia could be the dark horses of the group with bookmakers shortening their odds on Ukraine going through thanks to their impressive Nations League showing.
Wales are definitely capable of qualifying behind Croatia but if they slip up to either Slovakia or Hungary then Group E could be blown wide open and there could be some real value to be found in individual matches as well as outright qualifier selections.
In Group H Iceland’s seeding is thanks to some incredible results over the past few years – but they looked off the pace at the 2018 World Cup and if Turkey’s young stars can put together a decent run of form then they may be able to upset the odds here as well. Both third seeded nations in Group I and J – Scotland and Finland – will believe that they can beat their closest rivals and perennial qualifiers Greece will want to prove UEFA wrong by coming out of what looks a very open group.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers
With 12 cities hosting the Euro 2020 tournament it will be the first time that there is no one host nation. This also means that there will not be a country that automatically qualifies. This could well have an effect on Euro 2020 betting odds, as host nations are usually heavily favoured when it comes to the betting markets.
Kosovo will be competing in their first ever Euro 2020 qualifiers and that makes it 55 nations looking to progress to the prestigious final tournament. They will be split into ten groups with the top two qualifying for Euro 2020. The remaining four places will be given to the UEFA Nations League winners. With the UEFA Nations League participants drawn into the five groups of five, the remaining five qualifying groups will be made up of six nations.
Here’s a quick guide to each of the ten groups and how the draw will have affected Euro 2020 betting odds.
England will be heavily fancied to top this group with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria likely to be left battling for second place. Montenegro should not pose too much threat for anyone towards the top of the group but Kosovo – in their first qualifying campaign – may surprise a few people after their impressive showing in this season’s UEFA Nations League.
Champions Portugal should qualify for Euro 2020 with ease – although trips to Ukraine and Serbia may pose some problems. These two also had a good UEFA Nations League campaign and will be going into the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a huge amount of confidence. Lithuania and Luxembourg will only be playing for pride at the bottom of Group B.
With two going through from each group we are unlikely to see any real tension in Group C, as both the Netherlands and Germany should progress without much trouble. Germany have been woeful since their World Cup disaster and Joachim Löw will be demanding more from his team of superstars. Northern Ireland will hope one of the big boys slip up to give them any chance – but the Euro betting odds for that will be fairly lengthy.
Switzerland remain high in the UEFA rankings and regularly qualify for major tournaments without ever really convincing anyone that they could go all the way. Denmark will fancy their chances of qualifying for Euro 2020 with the Republic of Ireland looking short of ideas in their recent matches. Georgia and Gibraltar make up the rest of the group and although they have both improved recently they will not be troubling the outright winner Euro betting markets.
Croatia enjoyed a dream World Cup, only being beaten in the final by a rampant French side. On their day Wales may be able to challenge Luka Modric’s side but will more likely be fending off challenges from Slovakia and Hungary for the all-important second spot. Azerbaijan will really only be making up the numbers in this group.
This looks like being one of the more interesting Euro 2020 qualifying groups. Spain will be big favourites to come first but both Sweden and Norway could give them some trouble after impressive Nations League campaigns and in Sweden’s case, a memorable World Cup.
Poland will be hugely confident of topping this group with only Austria expected to challenge. Israel did perform relatively well in their Nations League group but Slovenia, Macedonia and Latvia should not pose too many problems for the bigger nations.
It seems inconceivable that France will not qualify as group winners but both Iceland and Turkey will believe that they can be the second placed nation to qualify. Euro betting odds for Turkey to progress could be attractive due to some poor recent results – but they have an exciting young squad that are promising much. Iceland have qualified for the last two major tournaments but a third campaign may be asking too much of an aging squad.
Belgium’s golden generation have so far failed to live up to their promise at major tournaments – but they should have little trouble qualifying for Euro 2020 from a group that has Russia and Scotland likely to be playing it out for second. Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino will probably only take points off each other.
Greece’s recent poor form is reflected in their low pot draw and will now find it even harder to regain what was an impressive run of qualifying for major tournaments. Italy will be desperate not to repeat the embarrassment of not making it to the World Cup in Russia and a successful run of results for Finland means that they will battle it out with Bosnia for the second qualifying spot.
UEFA Nations League Play Offs
Another new aspect to the Euro 2020 qualifying process is using the UEFA Nations League as part of the campaign. The new competition was introduced to limit the number of meaningless friendlies and there will now be four places in Euro 2020 open to one country from each of the leagues. This guarantees that one of the minnows of European football will make it to the final tournament.
Euro betting odds will be fairly lengthy for any of the nations from Leagues B, C and D progressing far into the Euro 2020 tournament but it will give fans with knowledge of the smaller countries some added confidence in selecting their bets.
Euro 2020 key dates:
21st – 23rd March 2019: Match day one
24tht – 26th March 2019: Match day two
7th – 8th June 2019: Match day three
10th – 11th June 2019: Match day four
5th – 7th September 2019: Match day five
8th -10th September 2019: Match day six
10th – 12th October 2019: Match day seven
13th – 15th October 2019: Match day eight
14th -16th November 2019: Match day nine
17th -19th November 2019: Match day ten
22nd November 2019: European Qualifiers play-off draw
1st December 2019: UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament draw
26th – 31st March 2020: European Qualifiers play-offs
1st April 2020: Additional final tournament draw if required
12th June – 12th July 2020: UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament
About the Euro 2020
The expansion to 24 competing nations did little to limit the excitement for Euro 2016 – if anything the inclusion of some countries that had not played at that level for a while made the tournament a huge success. With more nations involved the standard of matches was impressively high and made for an even greater football spectacle.
The European Championship is the second most watched football tournament in the world – after the World Cup – and with a number of countries experiencing some mixed results in the years since the last event, the qualifying campaign promises to be an intriguing affair.
Euro 2020 will be different once again due to the lack of a host country. Instead a ‘festival of football’ is promised by UEFA in which the whole continent can join in with. There has been some criticism that this would make the event disjointed and too different to previous tournaments.
The inclusion of the UEFA Nations League winners also means that football fans will be able to see some unfamiliar names and nations competing on the main stage. This has only got be a good thing for football in Europe and will provide some interesting Euro betting markets for punters.
The first European Championship was held in 1960 with only four nations competing. The tournament was very nearly cancelled due to lack of support.
There have been ten different European Championship winners with Spain and Germany winning on three occasions (although it was West Germany that were victorious in 1972 and 1980).
Denmark won the 1992 European Championship without actually qualifying for the final tournament. Yugoslavia had topped their group but after civil war broke out in the country, Denmark were invited to replace them. They went on to beat Germany in one of the most memorable finals in history.
One of the biggest outsiders to win the trophy was Greece in 2004. Their defensive tactics saw them beat Portugal in the final. They had also beaten the same country in the first match of the competition in a group game.
Michel Platini holds the record for most goals scored in a single European Championship – he found the net on nine occasions during the 1984 tournament in which he lifted the trophy as France’s captain in their own country. Cristiano Ronaldo has the same amount of European Championship goals but has spread them over three separate tournaments.
Possibly the unluckiest way to exit a major tournament was the way the Soviet Union were knocked out of the 1968 European Championship. With only four nations competing, Italy drew 0-0 with USSR in the semi final. Penalty shootouts were not a part of international football at that time so the game was decided on a coin toss. Italy guessed correctly and went on to beat Yugoslavia in the final.